2010 Coho Headwaters Red Wine Napa Valley

2010 Coho Headwaters Red Wine Napa Valley

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Customer Ratings

Based on 423 ratings

One of my all time favorites. A lovely blend here.

Second Review

Very fruit forward when first opened. Wonderful.

Hard to believe its the same vintage!

Okay, scratch my last review! My wife and I opened a bottle last of this wine last night and gave it several hours to breathe. It was hard to believe that it was from the same vintage as the previous bottle we drank. The nose was exceptional delivering aromas of dense black fruit. The finish was even better. Nothing ho hum about this bottle. We savored it while watching our beloved San Antonio Spurs take down the OKC Thunder! A great night enhanced by great wine...

Update: Feb 2015

I need to update my previous rating from 3 to a solid 4.5. This only needed the time to show its REAL depth and polish. With a marinated tenderloin and haricot verts last evening, it was absolutely stellar. Should've saved more of it for the long term, had no idea another yr could do this much. Splendid!

Great blend at a great price

This is our go-to wine when we want something not overpowering but solid. I would recommend this one again. Like the 2009 a bit better but perhaps it was the fact that it's aged just a bit longer

Excellent wine in its 6th year on this planet. This was one of my best buys from WineAccess. Full body, rich dark thick suspension of fruit solids, great balance. Fantastic finish that requires discipline not to drink it to quickly. Now that's a good problem to have. 1 down 11 to go! That's no problem at all....

This wine is fine--perfectly even and drinkable--but I think it;s a bit overpriced. For the price I've had many better wines from wine Access.

Green and very young

I suspect this bottle needs more time to lay down. Very green and harsh on palate. Nothing like the juicy descriptions posted by other members.

Other Vintages of Coho Headwaters Red Wine Napa Valley

Napa Valley 2010

The 2010 vintage in Napa was cool, late, and long, yielding elegant, focused, almost Bordeaux-styled wines — a definite departure from recent great vintages in which heat, drought, sun, and fruit driven power are the hallmarks. These are solid, structured wines that will need a few years to shed their youthful grip and tension. It will be interesting to watch how the 2010s age, but if you’re fond of restrained, classically-styled Napa Valley Cabernet, this is your vintage.

The season started late, with ample rainfall. After several years of very dry conditions, rain was welcome, though it pushed back the ripening cycle (bud break, flowering, and fruit set) by about two weeks. Frost was never a problem. The summer that followed was cool, and growers worked to adjust canopies and crop loads to accommodate the slow pace of ripening. Veraison occurred about two weeks late, and by the middle of August many were predicting that harvest would be almost three weeks later than average.

With vineyards pruned and canopies thinned for the cool conditions (temperatures regularly topped out around 70℉ during mid-summer), a couple of heat spikes in late August and early September (some to well over 100℉) presented challenges for growers. Many vineyards that were set up for optimal sun exposure in the cool conditions were damaged by sunburn. This required hard work to isolate and drop the damaged bunches. A reduction in yields was part of the collateral damage. After the spikes, cool temperatures returned, and September stayed cool except for a brief warm spell at month’s end.

The harvest was late but the grapes needed the extra hang time to develop. The brief warm spell at the end of September, and another in the middle of October, helped the plants eke out a little more ripeness. With rain predicted in the third week of October, it was time to pick, ready or not.

Overall, it was a tricky and challenging year. Managing the cool summer and then dealing with the heat were major obstacles. The best, but most labor intensive and painful strategy, seems to have been to thin bunches and set up for maximum ripening, meticulously select out the berries damaged by heat, and then pick as late as possible before the rain. The growers that did this ended up with a small but concentrated and classically balanced crop. It was certainly labor intensive, and costly, in terms of the reduced yields, but who said grape growing was easy?

The best wines from this vintage are solid and deeply colored, with beautiful aromatics, concentration, purity, and detail. Generally speaking, alcohols are lower than the norm, and the wines express lively, deep, dark fruit notes, elements that only come from long, cool growing seasons. They have the acidity, tannin, and structure to match the fruit, and should be long-lived, classy wines. Where growers got it wrong, you can find green notes and a weird combination of cool-climate unripe, herbal tones, oddly mixed with overripe, candied or bitter, burnt characteristics (from bunches affected by the heat that weren’t sorted out). From the weather to the wines, we’re talking about a vintage of peaks and valleys, but when winemakers and growers really got it right, quality is outstanding.

Key Dates

First heat spike causes sunburn and shrivels berries; Temperatures over 100℉ recorded in some spots

First rainfall arrives and signals the end of optimal harvest window

Three days of temperatures over 100℉ impact the grapes

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